DENR to look into reported swimming of European youth delegates in Boracay
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said it will look into the reported 30-minute swimming activity of some 21 delegates of Genfest International in Boracay.
“We just learned about this through a news report from GMA 7. We assure you that we will look into this, and determine if there’s any breach on the protocol set by the Boracay Inter-agency Task Force,” DENR Undersecretary and Deputy spokesperson Benny Antiporda said in a statement yesterday.
Based on the news report, it was the Aklan provincial police who allowed the European delegates to swim for half an hour in Boracay’s white beach in Station 1 at the request of the festival organizers, and after undergoing a tight screening.
Antiporda said that based on guidelines of the inter-agency task force, swimming shall not be allowed anywhere in the island.
However, he said, residents of Boracay may be allowed to swim but only in designated areas near Station 1 and in Angol beach in Station 3 at a particular time, from 6am to 5pm.